Washington (AFP) – It goes by many names — K2, Spice, Bizarro, Scooby Snax, Kryp2nite and Stoopid, to name but a few — and it’s setting off alarm bells across the United States.

Synthetic marijuana is being cited by police and public health officials for a dramatic surge in potentially lethal overdoses and drug-related offenses nationwide.

Imported primarily from China, it’s an inexpensive chameleon substance, its synthesized chemical ingredients forever being tweaked by underground labs keeping one step ahead of law enforcement.

“We’re seeing it pop up all around the country,” acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Chuck Rosenberg told NPR public radio this week.

“The dosage amounts vary. The chemicals vary. You and I could buy and use the same packet… and have vastly different reactions to it.”

So far this year, poison control centers across the United States have taken more than 5,200 calls specific to “fake weed.”

Full article here: http://news.yahoo.com/fake-weed-triggers-us-wide-alarm-020010431.html

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